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    By Times wire and staff reports
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published April 15, 2002


    St. Petersburg woman held in husband's slaying

    ST. PETERSBURG -- A St. Petersburg woman was charged Saturday with stabbing her husband to death after an argument.

    Joann Barber, 50, of 790 22nd Ave. S, Apartment 3, called police just after 5 a.m. Saturday and said she had killed her husband, police said.

    Police found Curtis Lee Barber, 51, dead in the apartment. He had been stabbed with a kitchen knife.

    Joann Barber was in jail Sunday, charged with second-degree murder.

    Body recovered from bay in incident at Skyway

    The body of a 38-year-old Ellenton woman was recovered Sunday from Tampa Bay after she apparently jumped from the Sunshine Skyway bridge.

    Jacquelynne Jennings of 86 Pompano Drive was reported missing Saturday night by her boyfriend, said Debbie Carter, spokeswoman for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

    Sheriff's deputies were called to the bridge just before 6 a.m. and found Jennings' 1989 Oldsmobile parked in the center span of the bridge's southbound lanes.

    St. Petersburg man held in fatal shooting

    ST. PETERSBURG -- A 23-year-old man remained in jail Sunday after being charged with killing a man during an argument.

    Oliver J. Savander, 23, of 927 Ninth Ave. S was charged with second-degree murder.

    Police said Savander argued over a woman with Zollous McCullum, 30, of 2509 11th St. S, then shot McCullum several times.

    Police found McCullum's body in an apartment at 1032 Granville Court on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

    Savander told police the shooting was in self-defense, police said. Police charged him after talking to a witness who disagreed.

    Pickup hits alligator; driver is killed

    COCOA -- A 23-year-old driver died Saturday after his pickup hit an alligator on a highway and flipped over several times.

    Adam Lee Crawford of Port St. John was pronounced dead at the scene after his 1998 Ford pickup struck the alligator, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

    Speed and poor lighting were factors in the early morning accident 5 miles west of Cocoa, officials said. Cocoa is 42 miles east of Orlando.

    Carly Robb, who traps alligators, said the warm weather has drawn the animals out for mating season. Robb said she and her father have removed four alligator carcasses from roads in Brevard County in the past three days.

    "It's getting to be breeding season, and males are doing stupid things," Robb told Florida Today. "They're out looking for their girlfriends."

    3 New Jersey residents made ill by Florida fish

    TITUSVILLE -- Three people in New Jersey have suffered neurotoxin poisoning from puffer fish caught in Florida, state health officials said Sunday.

    Terence McElroy, spokesman for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, said people should not eat puffer fish caught in the Titusville area until the state tests the fish supply.

    Neurotoxin poisoning causes tingling and burning of the lips and tongue and numbness of the face, McElroy said. Symptoms can also include slurred speech and, in severe cases, paralysis.

    Neurotoxin poisoning comes from a toxin that is characteristic to some puffer fish, also known as blow fish, he said. Puffer fish are not commonly eaten.

    State officials are beginning to test the fish and McElroy said he expects to know in a few days whether the supply is contaminated.

    -- From staff, wire reports

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